Where many people saw hopelessness in the damage and devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Patrick Quinn saw opportunity.
For years, Quinn has been a player in New Orleans real estate. Now, he's making a play to be a major power broker.
He's purchased five buildings since the hurricane and is in discussion for two more. Usually, he says, his company, Decatur Hotels, does only one or two big deals a year.
In fact, The New York Times Magazine this week dubbed him the man who wants to be the "Donald Trump" of New Orleans.
Quinn cringed when I asked if that was his goal, saying, "No, no!" What he really wants, he says, is to branch out from hotels and into residential development.
Quinn started down that path after Katrina, buying a couple of residential lots. But then he slammed on the brakes. He fears city, state, and federal officials have yet to come up with an acceptable plan to redevelop flooded areas like the Lakeview section of New Orleans.
Quinn lived in Lakeview as a kid, attending Catholic schools in this now devastated area. He believes homeowners will return if they are confident the area is safe.
But the clock is ticking on Quinn's plans....Fewer than three months until hurricane season. And unless residents know they will be protected in low-lying areas, Quinn knows they will not return.